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Banners line the route at Bob Crow funeral

Photo report by Peter Arkell

Bob Crow funeral

The horse-drawn carriage arrives at the crematorium

Bpb Crow funeral

Thousands of people with their trade union banners and flags turned out for the funeral of Bob Crow, the RMT leader who died of a suspected heart attack two weeks ago. They followed the horse-drawn carriage and lined the route of the procession from his home in Woodford, East London, to the crematorium. The four black horses that pulled the carriage were draped in the colours of his beloved Millwall football club.

Bob Crow funeral
Firemen`s union banner next to an RMT one

Bob Crow funeral
Mourners with a Durham miners banner behind

Bob Crow funeral
The funeral cortege driving past the the line of banners and flags

Bob Crow funeral
John McDonnell MP. Jeremy Corbyn MP was also there

There were hundreds of union banners from all unions on display along the length of the route. Posters with a photo of him were on display at many of London`s tube stations and a special event in his memory is planned for May Day.

RMT president Peter Pinkney said: "Bob's death leaves a massive gap in the lives of everyone who was fortunate enough to know him and represents a huge loss to the trade union and labour movement both in this country and internationally.”

24 March 2014

 

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